Jahi Jones (Photo/Maryland Athletics)
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference office announced today that it publicly reprimands Maryland wrestler Jahi Jones for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following the 157-pound match vs. Rider University at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 11. Jones was disqualified for the remainder of the event after he struck an opposing wrestler as the two came to center circle to shake hands at the conclusion of the match.
The conference also supports Maryland's suspension of Jones for his actions. He will serve his suspension through the conclusion of Maryland's next two scheduled duals on Friday, Jan. 17 at Michigan and Sunday, Jan. 19 at Michigan State.
Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part that "The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials."
The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.